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Cowboys 38, Saints 17

Published Sep. 29, 2014

Cowboys hold on after strong start

ARLINGTON, Texas — Tony Romo's back appears to be getting better by the day, and the Cowboys' beleaguered defense held on after a strong start.

Romo threw three touchdowns — two to Terrance Williams — and DeMarco Murray ran for two scores in another 100-yard game in Dallas' victory over the Saints.

Dallas kept Drew Brees and the Saints scoreless in the first half after giving up an NFL-record 40 first downs in a 49-17 blowout loss last season in New Orleans.

Brees led two scoring drives early in the fourth quarter to cut a 31-3 deficit in half before the Cowboys regained control. Dallas led 24-0 at halftime.

"I think we're a different team than we were last year," Romo said. "What you find is you forget it's the Saints and Drew Brees and just go play."

Dallas is 3-1 for the first time under coach Jason Garrett after also starting 2-1 the three previous seasons. The Saints couldn't sustain the momentum from their win over Minnesota and lost to the Cowboys in Texas for the first time since 1991.

Romo, 34 and coming off of back surgery, was 22-of-29 for 262 yards without an interception. He finished an 80-yard drive to open the game with a 6-yard pass to a leaping Williams in the end zone.

Murray, the NFL's leading rusher, joined Emmitt Smith as the only Dallas running backs with 100 yards in the first four games of a season. He had 149 yards.

"I've always had confidence in myself and my ability and the guys I run behind," Murray said.

Dez Bryant had a 18-yard scoring catch late in the fourth quarter to secure the second win for Dallas in the past 10 games against New Orleans.